Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Intel's Core i3 Shows Up On Retail Sites

Although there has been no official word on a release date yet Intel's new Clarkdale Core i3-530 processor has begun making its way onto retail sites.

Canadian retailer A-Power listed the Core i3 530 BX80616I3530 chip running at 2.9GHz. The dual-core chip has 512KB and 4MB of L3 cache, and is priced at around $150.

The "Clarkdale" CPU core is built on the 32nm 2nd generation Hi-K manufacturing process and the integrated graphics manufactured on the 45nm Hi-K manufacturing process. This means that there are two dies located under the integrated heat-spreader (IHS). The Clarkdale processor is drop-in compatible with with current LGA1156 motherboards that are on the market today, so an Intel P55 Express chipset is all you need to run one of these chips when they are officially released.

The Core i3 530 is reportedly the first chip in the i3 line which will also include Core i5-660, i3-540, G6950 processors.

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